By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2004 0 Comments
    Is Chocolate Good For You?

    The Mayan Indians of Central America recognized the power of chocolate more than 3000 years ago. They liked the taste, but they also believed chocolate had healing properties. They used it as medicine…

    By: Joe Graedon December 18, 2004 0 Comments
    #524 Alcohol: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The health benefits of alcohol have been documented in many studies over the last few decades. We will explore the research behind the health claims. Are there differences in effect among wine, beer, …

    By: Joe Graedon December 13, 2004 0 Comments
    Keep Raw Eggs Out Of Child’s Milk Shake

    Q. I have relatives that make milk shakes for my five-year-old granddaughter. They always put a raw egg in the milk shake. They seem to think the uncooked egg is better for the child. I believe I have…

    By: Joe Graedon December 13, 2004 0 Comments
    Is Candy Craving Due To Deficiency?

    Q. In the last 4 years I have had 2 children. During both pregnancies I craved mint sweets (Humbugs or Evertons). I could not get enough of them and in the final months more or less ate nothing else a…

    By: Joe Graedon December 13, 2004 0 Comments
    Drugs For Kids Pose Parental Dilemma

    Double bind: n. 1. A psychological impasse created when contradictory demands are made of an individual so that no matter which directive is followed, the response will be construed as incorrect. 2. A…

    By: Joe Graedon December 6, 2004 0 Comments
    Key Trick Saves Business Meeting

    Q. I want to thank you for saving me from a most embarrassing situation. I am president of a small corporation and we were making a pitch to an important client. I had been suffering from a cold for a…

    By: Joe Graedon December 6, 2004 0 Comments
    Can Soy Milk Lower Libido?

    Q. I'm a 49-year-old male in excellent health. I'm not overweight and run 35 miles a week. I've noticed a slight decline in my sex drive (mostly just my desire for sex). I wonder if phytoestrogens in …

    By: Joe Graedon December 6, 2004 0 Comments
    Can The FDA Handle Drug Safety

    How safe are America's medicines? Ask the pharmaceutical industry or the FDA, and you will be told that we have the safest drugs in the world. But the Vioxx fiasco has Americans starting to wonder if …

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2004 0 Comments
    #522 Overcoming Performance Addiction

    Today's culture has an insatiable thirst for perfection and status. How is it that so many of us are compulsive achievers, living with the deep and debilitating belief that perfecting appearance and c…

    By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2004 1 Comments
    Urine Is Simple Cure For Smelly Feet

    Q. A few years back my teenage son suffered terrible foot odor. My husband and I would not let him bring his sneakers into the house, nor would we let him put his dirty socks in the hamper! His worst …

    By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2004 0 Comments
    Will Surgery Help Hip And Harm Head?

    Q. I'm about to have hip surgery and I'm worried about an article I read that anesthesia may lead to memory loss. What can you tell me about it? A. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center found …

    By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2004 0 Comments
    How Good Are Children’s Cold Medicines?

    Americans spend billions each year on cough and cold remedies. Much of that money is wasted. Many products on drug store shelves are ineffective, but don't tell Dr. Mom that. It will just make her mad…

    By: Joe Graedon November 27, 2004 0 Comments
    #521 Health News Update

    FDA has come under scrutiny lately. Not only did Dr. David Graham testify before Congress about shortcomings in the agency's safety record, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2004 0 Comments
    Saving Skin With Hand Sanitizers

    Q. I have become obsessive about washing my hands. All the news reports about the shortage of flu vaccine stress the importance of washing hands. Now they are red and rough and getting worse by the da…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2004 0 Comments
    Genric Drug Problem Raises Questions On Quality

    For decades the FDA has maintained that generic drugs are every bit as good as their brand name counterparts. Millions of people rely on generics as less expensive alternatives to pricey products like…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2004 2 Comments
    Black Walnut Remedy For Ringworm

    Q. I've read a couple of questions about ringworm in your column and want to give you the benefit of my experience. I grew up in the country. As a teenager, I got ringworm on the back of my leg. Sever…

    By: Joe Graedon November 20, 2004 0 Comments
    #520 What is the Truth about the Drug Companies?

    The pharmaceutical industry has come under scrutiny of late. We will be talking with Dr. Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine. She maintains that the drug compa…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2004 0 Comments
    Dairy Products May Trigger Bad Breath

    Q. A dentist told a reader with bad breath that a stomach infection could be the cause. I too had bad breath and tried everything your reader mentioned, from dental care to medical exams. There was no…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2004 0 Comments
    Sunshine Vitamin In Short Supply

    If you spend 10 to 15 minutes out in the sun two or three times a week, you make enough vitamin D to stay healthy. Our ancestors had little trouble getting that much sunshine. They walked and worked o…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2004 0 Comments
    Acupressure May Work For Insomnia

    Q. I would like to share an acupressure tip that helps me sleep. Tape a dried kidney bean to the inside of your right wrist. I locate this point between the two tendons by measuring the width of three…

    By: Joe Graedon November 13, 2004 0 Comments
    #519 Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding

    A lot of people struggle with clutter, but some people are overpowered by it. You may not know someone with more than twenty years' worth of old newspapers stacked up in the living room but you may kn…

    By: Joe Graedon November 8, 2004 0 Comments
    Despite TV Ads, It’s hard To Talk About ED

    Q. I know erectile dysfunction is discussed on TV, but some of us are still too embarrassed to ask about it. Could high blood pressure contribute to this problem? What about medications for hypertensi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 8, 2004 0 Comments
    Antiviral Drugs Can Ease Flu Frenzy

    Even though the influenza season has barely begun, millions of Americans are in a frenzy over flu. You can hardly blame them. Earlier this fall, public health officials were emphasizing the dangers of…

    By: Joe Graedon November 8, 2004 1 Comments
    Cinnamon Lowers Cholesterol

    Q. I am curious about the health value of cinnamon. A year ago, I ran across a Web site suggesting cinnamon to reduce bad LDL cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. I do not have this disease, bu…

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2004 0 Comments
    #493 Heeding Antidepressant Warnings

    Antidepressants like Zoloft, Paxil or Prozac have become extremely popular because they work well to ease many kinds of psychological distress, from premenstrual dysphoria to extreme shyness to depres…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2004 0 Comments
    Did Antibiotics Lead To Unplanned Pregnancy?

    Q. I recently became pregnant while taking the birth control pill. I was later told that antibiotics can make the pill inactive and that my doctor and pharmacist should have warned me. Is this true? I…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2004 0 Comments
    Federal Watch Dog Doesn’t Bark

    Almost 100 years ago Congress passed the Pure Food and Drug Act, setting the stage for federal regulation of medications. Americans had become sick and tired of fraudulent advertising and ineffective …

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2004 0 Comments
    New Health Findings For Ancient Fruit

    Q. I'm so glad pomegranates are back in season. I love them! Are there health benefits from eating pomegranates, so I don't have to feel bad about spending money on them? A. Scientists keep finding ne…

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2004 0 Comments
    #518 Health News Update

    The health effects of cell phones have been controversial, with most studies showing no serious problems. Swedish researchers have found, however, that long-term cell-phone users have a higher risk fo…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2004 0 Comments
    Radish Addiction Could Signal Deficiency

    Q. I have become addicted to radishes. If I don't have them, the withdrawal is the same as smoking. Is there a reason for this? Can it hurt me? Do you think that it will pass? Please help! A. Ask your…